Siesta Key is bracing for major amounts and rainfall and isolated areas of flooding while Tropical Storm Colin will bring heavy rain with winds 25-40 mph to Sarasota and Manatee Counties on Monday through Tuesday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s arrival in the Big Bend area. Forecasters expect 3-6 inches of rain with 8 inches in isolated areas. There is also a possibility of isolated tornadoes as the lines of storms move in. As of 5 p.m. Monday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center placed the storm about 190 miles west of Tampa. The storm is anticipated to arrive in the Big Bend area in the afternoon or evening hours Monday. While the area is expected to escape a direct hit from the storm, forecasters are bracing for heavy rains, increased tornado risk and the potential of high tides 1 to 3 feet above normal in the region. The entire Tampa Bay area has also been placed under a flood watch until early Tuesday morning.
Here’s a little tidbit of very interesting information…three years ago today, Tropical Storm Andrea brought flooding to Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, and portions of the East Coast of the United States in June 2013. The first tropical cyclone and named storm of the annual hurricane season, Andrea originated from an area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on June 5. Despite strong wind shear and an abundance of dry air, the storm strengthened while initially heading north-northeastward.
Later on June 5, it re-curved northeastward and approached the Big Bend region of Florida. Andrea intensified and peaked as a strong tropical storm with winds at 65 mph (100 km/h) on June 6. A few hours later, the storm weakened slightly and made landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida later that day. It began losing tropical characteristics while tracking across Florida and Georgia. Andrea transitioned into an extratropical cyclone over South Carolina on June 7, though the remnants continued to move along the East Coast of the United States, until being absorbed by another extratropical system offshore Maine on June 10. For more info on Tropical Storm Andrea, See Wikipedia
We’ve battened down the hatches at the hotel and a storm is always a little exciting. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates! Tropical Storm Colin is also bringing lots of new sea shells out for your viewing pleasure!
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